THE CHALLENGE: Write an Inaugural Ode
Write an inaugural ode, suitable for reading aloud on January 20, 2009. It must consist of sixteen lines broken into four quatrains, rhyme scheme optional. The ode must include one line lifted from a poem in The Best American Poetry 2008 or from the book's foreword or introduction, and it must also include at least three of the following words: honor, integrity, faith, hope, change, power. The contest will be judged by a former Best American Poetry guest editor whose name will be revealed when the winner is announced. More here.

Exploring the Experience of Disability through Literature and the Fine Arts
KALEIDOSCOPE MAGAZINE call for submissions on the theme of "Giving & Receiving Care: A Delicate Balance." Deadline 3/1/09. Kaleidoscope Magazine has a creative focus that examines the experiences of disability through literature and the fine arts. Unique to the field of disability studies, this award-winning publication expresses the experiences of disability from the perspective of individuals, families, healthcare professionals, and society as a whole. The material chosen for Kaleidoscope challenges and overcomes stereotypical, patronizing, and sentimental attitudes about disability. Although content always focuses on a particular aspect of disability, writers with and without disabilities are welcome to submit their work. More here.

Protest Poems Org is inviting submissions of political poetry.
We are looking for excellent poetry that just happens to shout about current political and humanitarian concerns. Please be aware that our interest in bipartisan and US- or Euro-centered politics is limited. For example, we think it’s much more interesting to contemplate the affect that the oil industry has on the human rights of Nigerians living along the pipelines, than the affect it has on our wallets. Nuanced issues are interesting. Partisan campaigning is not. More here.

Write2Help.Org Fall 2008 Short Fiction Contest
Proceeds benefit World Relief, a worldwide humanitarian effort based out of Baltimore, MD. Topic: Write a short story (1500 words or less) about an exciting or awakening experience in childhood. Prizes: 1ST Place - $1,000 2ND Place - $250 3RD Place - $100. Deadline: December 20, 2008. Entry Fee: $10. More here.

Babel Fruit is currently inviting submissions of poems specifically written *under the influence of other poems*.
Have you got two roads diverging in a yellow wood? Do you do “you do not do, you do not do / Any more, black shoe” polished or tap-dancing? Do you think of breakfast cereal when you hear “O Captain! my Captain!” Satire especially welcome. (Please let us know which poem you are under the influence of. Sometimes we miss the obvious). We are also accepting general submissions for the January issue until December 7th. More here.

Speculative Prose Poem/Flash Fiction Contest
sponsored by OdysseyCon, a science-fiction convention in Madison, Wisconsin, USA April 4-6,2008. $500 for 500 words of speculative prose poetry or flash fiction. Deadline: January 1, 2009. Details: Send 500 words or less of speculative (SF & F) fiction or prose poetry (paragraph form) by January 1st. No previously-published work, but simultaneous submissions are allowed, and multiple adult submissions are encouraged. A $10.00 entry fee must be paid for each entry submitted.